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John Adams: Absolute Jest; Grand Pianola Music / San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas; Adams

Album Summary

>Adams, John : Absolute Jest, for string quartet & orchestra
>Adams, John : Grand Pianola Music
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony join forces with America's most-performed living composer John Adams for an album featuring two works written for the San Francisco Symphony. In the world première recording of Absolute Jest, we hear Adams's inspired and witty take on Beethoven's spirited scherzos and in Grand Pianola Music, led here by John Adams, we revel in tongue-in-cheek allusions to Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. Both works speak to the deeply personal and vital relationship of some of the top musicians of our time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Davies Symphony Hall (01/16/2015-01/18/2015); Davies Symphony Hall (2013-05-04&2013-05-05&2013-).



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Works Details

>Adams, John : Absolute Jest, for string quartet & orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall (2013-05-04&2013-05-05&2013-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Adams, John : Grand Pianola Music
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Orli Shaham (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Adams
  • Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony
  • Notes: Davies Symphony Hall (01/16/2015-01/18/2015)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982
  • Studio/Live: Live